Former college and NBA head coach Jim Boylen was selected head coach of the February 2022 and November 2021 USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Teams.
“I am excited, honored and thankful to take on the responsibilities of head coach for USA Basketball’s World Cup Qualifying Team. To have this opportunity to represent my country in the November FIBA World Cup Qualifying games is truly humbling,” said Boylen when announced the head coach of the USA November 2021 World Cup Qualifying Team.
In his first experience with USA Basketball, Boylen finished 1-1 in the 2021 November World Cup Qualifying first window. He directed the Americans to a 95-90 win over Cuba on Nov. 28, 2021, and suffered a 97-88 loss to host Mexico on Nov. 29.
Beginning his coaching career as an assistant coach for Jud Heathcote at Michigan State University from 1987-92, he moved to the NBA and served for 11 seasons (1992-2003) as an assistant for Rudy Tomjanovich and the Houston Rockets. While in Houston, he aided the Rockets in collecting two NBA Championships.
Boylen moved on in 2003 and was an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors (2003-04) and the Milwaukee Bucks (2004-05), then returned to Michigan State as an assistant with Tom Izzo's Spartans. In two seasons at Michigan State (2005-06 to 2006-07), he helped the program to a 45–23 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
His first head coaching experience came in 2007 when he was named head mentor at the University of Utah. In four seasons at Utah (2007-11), he led the Utes to a Mountain West Conference championship and two postseason appearances.
Boylen served as an assistant coach with the NBA Indiana Pacers (2011-13), and was an assistant for two seasons on Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurts staff (2013-15), where he earned his third NBA Championship in 2014. He served as associate head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2015-18, and on Dec. 3, 2018, the Bulls promoted him to head coach, a position he held through the 2019-20 season. Most recently, he served as the 2021 NBA Draft Combine Director.
Boylen served as an assistant coach for Jay Triano and the Canadian National Team for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, which also served as the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Winning the silver medal the Pan American Games, Canada, after suffering a one point loss to eventual champion Venezuela in the semifinals, finished 8-2 and won the bronze medal at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
He attended the University of Maine, and as a member of the Black Bears basketball team, was named All-North Atlantic Conference first team and finished runner-up for conference player of the year.